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La réglementation des métiers du livre à Paris au XVe siècle : un indice de l’emprise croissante du pouvoir royal sur le monde universitaire

Kouky Fianu

Fianu, Kouky, "La réglementation des métiers du livre à Paris au XVe siècle : un indice de l’emprise croissante du pouvoir royal sur le monde universitaire", dans Lias, vol. 23, 1996.

Abstract

Between the late 14th century and the late 15th century, Parisian book craftsmen,
members of the prestigious University of Paris, were forced to move from the clerical
university sphere to the lay world of shopkeepers and craftsmen. As a result they lost the
rights and privileges which they had enjoyed for more than a century. This development
is directly related to attempts by French royal authorities to exercise greater control over
the University. Indeed, the special status of book craftsmen had depended upon the
University’s place in Parisian society and its relationship with the public powers. The
University had to adapt society becoming more literate and to public authorities
strengthening their power after a long period of political chaos. Thus regulations
concerning book craftsmen serve as an indicator of the University’s influence, while
changes in regulations allow us to measure and date its decline.

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